Nova Scottia Food preparations are rich with the inclusion of lush fresh produce from local farms as well as seafood with the region being among the three Maritime provinces of Canada. The cuisine of the region is also influenced by the inclusion of mixed cultures of French, Arabic, Mi'kmaq and German. Popular recipes include Poached Salmon with Sweet Muscat Sauce, Poached Salmon with Sweet Muscat Sauce, Spinach Salad with Maple Dressing, Butterscotch Pie, Mussel Stuffed Mushroom Caps and Spicy Maple Broiled Salmon and Fid Cakes & Beet Quickle.
Historical and Cultural Influences on Nova Scottia Cuisine
The original native Nova Scottia Food traditions are believed to have been evolved 10000 years back with the natives of the region. Thereafter the French who visited the region in the 17th century established their colony bringing in culture and food traditions. In the 18th century the region of Port Royal which went on to be called as Acadia was created giving rise to a unique food culture prevalent even today. After the American Revolution the region saw further entry of the blacks who brought in their traditions. Further in the 19th century Irish, Scottish and German immigrants settled down in the region.
Ingredients Commonly Used in Nova Scottia Cuisine
Nova Scottia Food preparations make use of local farm fresh ingredients, seafood and meats. The Annapolis valley of the region is famous for farms growing a variety of vegetables and fruits particularly the apples. Apple Blossom festival a four day festival of apples is celebrated every year during spring. Oxford blueberries and Annapolis Valley fiddleheads are other popular fruits from the region. The seafood range includes fish, scallops, lobsters, etc of which Atlantic lobster and Digby scallops are exotic varieties. The city has plenty of farmer markets from which local ingredients are easily accessible and Halifax markets are prevalent in the region since 260 years.
Traditional Nova Scottia Recipes
- Poached Salmon with Sweet Muscat Sauce is a Nova Scottia Food rich with the flavors of hollandaise sauce, pesto and sweet Muscat wine used in the sauce.
- Spinach salad with maple dressing is a crunchy salad with strong maple dressing that can go well with apple cider.
- Butterscotch Pie is a traditional and old fashioned dessert recipe that can be adapted according to contemporary preferences.
- Mussel Stuffed Mushroom Caps is a gourmet dish wherein caps of bacon and mussell are placed on flavored and cooked mushrooms.